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coe and the u.s. government. this is a essential step in determining the congo future. we are encouraged to watch the elections that are well an transparently admin stirred an conducted in an environment that is conducive to free political expression. the other preoccupation is the area of governance is human rights, and the adequate of state capacity and the existing state forces continue to fuel existing abuses against the civilians. the undertaking of substantial programmatic efforts expanding the 2009 pledge of $17 million assistance to respond to an prevent sexual-based, sexual and gender-based violence. we are supportive of modest, but encouraged developments in a few key areas including the arrest and conviction of handful of high profile alleged abusers and the drc's plans to develop special chambers to prosecute those who committed atrocities, but the situation is one of impunity, and many more positive developments will be required to reverse the trend. the third theme is economic recovery which is essential in providing alternatives to enlistmentt and armed grou
] >> president obama is taking a torture latin america and he stopped in rio de janeiro to deliver a speech on u.s.-brazil relations and then he arrives in santiago, chile for a press conference with the chilean president. it will travel to ellis of the door tuesday will he will meet with the present there for a bilateral meeting and press conference. before returning wednesday, he will stay in el salvador where he tours the national cathedral and the mayan ruins. >> today on suspense "road to the white house," harmon kane on the economy and whether he will run for the republican nomination then i put my toe in the water and now i am up to my neck. >> the feedback we have gotten from people across this country, tens of thousands who are willing to volunteer -- >> at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. >> monday night, marking the eighth anniversary of the department of homeless to charity with former secretary tom ridge and michael chertoff and press secretary janet napolitano. they discuss the nature of threats facing the country, the structure of the agency, and what they miss most about the job. >> people have
and reconnaissance platforms from u.s. military or some of our partner element or some intelligence agencies but it is afghan forces doing knock on the door, going over the wall and conducting the actual operation with some assistance as i said in relatively small numbers, typically. >> let me ask you about pakistan. in your testimony, you, i think, appropriately acknowledged the great efforts the pakistanis have made in recent years against the taliban and tragic floods. i also was struck and i was glad to hear your tone of guarded hopefulness about what they might do next in dealing with the sanctuaries, the key part turnovers afghan insurgency and i found myself hoping you were right but wonder if you worry about the counterargument which would be if the afghans kept these sanctuaries operational for their own reasons which they may not have backed away from and they may not think we're going to get the job done well enough and they need a backup plan or perhaps they are in a more aggressive way trying to exert some leverage over president karzai in trying to have a hand in any negotiatio
are affecting u.s. citizens. they are entities outside of the country that are obtaining money inappropriately from consumers from the kinds of scams we are talking about this morning. we have full jurisdiction to go after them. we also want to work with partners in other countries, whether they are seeking information about u.s. players affecting their citizens or whether we need their help to go after the people out of the country affecting u.s. citizens. we recently brought a case involving privacy issues with respect to a company that was here in the united states that was affecting united kingdom consumers. we have a pretty good track record of dealing with international issues. it is a huge problem. i am sure there are many people that would lock -- would like to do more. i think the tools that we need to start that kind of activity should be put in place, especially with this act. little bit more hampered because we do not have those relations with international affairs that words very hard in this area. a.g do not have that luxury. we need more tools to deal with things on the internat
and i think u.s. can be a little more creative in this area. iran has four main goals in afghanistan. one is to keep the taliban from completely taking over again, even though it plays a double or triple gain and give some support to taliban, it doesn't want taliban in the country. second is the extend the flow of drugs which has made iran the most addicted country in the world. a third is to do something about the sunni area which feeds a sunni in iran's own beluche area. and finally, iran wants the united states to withdraw is troops from afghanistan although i would think they would be prepared to have some limits provided there's assurance this would not be used as base that the united states could attack iran. some of these issues are already being explored. there was a track that explored in meetings and the iranian participants said they wanted to see a increased role for the united nations and the establishment of a core group to discuss afghanistan. similar to the bond groups that help set up the first government in afghanistan after the ove
that the white house says nato will take greater command authority leading to more questions as to who u.s. troops respond to. is it the u.s. military or nato? the present will talk about this tomorrow. guest: this shows that there is a concern at the white house about congress and the broader american public if they understand the mission or support the mission. that will be an issue for the next few days for the white house to address this and obama to define what his ideas are and how he wants to get there. host: we have the aljazeera washington chief and we have the reporter for "the washington post." good morning. caller: i am curious -- does any of this have to do with the arab countries and the turmoil? the issue that nobody wants to talk about has to be there. it has to be included in cnn. it is the country of israel. we have to get the shield away and not be able -- afraid to talk about the issues of israel and the palestinians. host: we will put that issue on the table right now. thank you. guest: the viewer raises a very important point. israel has as we all know, for several de
. >> of the united nations representative for afghanistan said the u.s.-led surge in the country is working. he spoke and the middle east institute in washington as the u.s. voted to extend its mission by one year. this is 55 minutes. >> he has come from new york where he was talking about afghanistan. i believe the security council is voting today. is that correct? on thursday, he was talking about the u.s. role in afghanistan and its camilla -- commitment to the development of the country. the u.n. plays an important role. there are 34 representatives in afghan provinces. they spent over $1 billion on the country last year. food programs, health services, and infrastructure and development. the afghans are asking to take a greater lead in all aspects of government and development and the efforts to achieve peace. staffan de mistura made it clear that the u.n. takes these calls for sovereignty. seriously. what are the challenges of handing over greater responsibility to the afghan government? how can the u.n. support the process and maintain its commitment to the development of afghanistan? these qu
marine in the theater has talked about the main problems, that only with u.s. direct involvement and substantial financial infusions of money -- the budget for a spans greater than the entire afghan gdp. when we leave, how will the afghan government pay for it? from his perspective, on the ground, almost entirely by u.s. supervision and u.s. financing. >> first of all, that does not give adequate credit to our afghan partners. marja, which was liberated less than a year ago, which took 4200 u.s. marines when we started, which is down now to 1600, they have been able to hold the district community council election. this is right after their great debate. it was neat stuff. this was them running this. there are 10 schools open now in marja. there were zero under the taliban. these are afghans teaching in the schools, not us. we may have to rebuild the schools, working to repair irrigation systems, the market's the use to sell exclusively illegal narcotics and weapons and explosives -- there are now about 15 markets that sell household goods, food, and clothing. these are the afghan
to latin america. the first stop is brazil. he will deal with u.s./brazil relations. the nexte in chile day. the president and first lady end their trip in el salvador. mrs. obama will meet with students to talk about education. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> this weekend on were to the white -- this weekend on wrote to the white house "." -- "road to the white house," herman cain. this sunday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. eastern and pacific. in the 1960's and 970's, we were working on working america. with the emergence of wall street, new york city became america's gateway to that the economy and has proffered -- has prospered ever since. "q &nday night on c-span's a." >> energy secretary steven chu talked about the department's budget. this portion is one hour, 35 minutes. >> we have provided the japanese government with expertise in a variety of areas. as part of that effort, the department of energy has sent experts to japan. we are positioning response teams in japan. these teams have the skills, expert
. >> i'd like to ask again -- i think we didn't really get the answer what exactly did you ask the u.s. in terms of -- did you ask for arms, for your position? did you ask for -- what did you ask for? >> well, i think we asked them for anything to make this resolution go through and gaddafi step down. anything they can do for this. this revolution to not go back. they have no choice, either victory or die. there is no choice. if they don't die in the war, then gaddafi, he will -- anything that can help, we are ready to accept. as far as no physical presence on our soils. >> asking about a divided libya, it is impossible. believe me. believe me. i am from the south. my wife from the middle of libya. you can't divide yourself. you can't divide libya. [applause] >> for the sake of, you know, his schedule and tight schedule, i like really to thank him very much. just want to say thank you, thank you to the community, thank you to the press to be here with us today. and thank you for taking care, for supporting the libyan people. i want to especially thank -- he came to the minister of fore
the days in which i was the u.s. attorney that the savel air patrol played a very important role in assisting the border patrol in those years to patrol. because of the increase provided by congress in the air and marine assets of the customs and bordprore tex, we rely hardly at all now on the civil air patrol. and i know of your interest. we do not at this point, except in very spotty cases regularly use them in part because the air and marine assets that have been provided by the congress and are at work, for example, in arizona, are on the order of ten times what they were years ago. but i am -- >> are you amenable to establishing some kind of working relationship with the air patrol? >> absolutely. partnership with civil air patrol, as with state, local, and tribal law enforcement authorities is critical. >> i would love to follow up on that with you further. i think we can use them and it would be more effective assets. and on sbi net, the secretary announced that on january 14 that they ended the sbi net program. yet, it has endorsed the integrated fixed towers that are the
is the justification for continued u.s. taxpayer investments? in egypt and elsewhere successive u.s. administrations failed to move beyond the status quo and prepare for the future. we should not associate the protests in jordan and bahrain with events transpiring in tripoli, cairo, and beirut. there is one constant. we have failed to build strong accountable institutions to protect human rights. this administration's decision to cut support from pro-democracy civil groups and to only fund groups precleared with the mubarak government is a mistake that we must never repeat. then there is the mistake of the bush administration and continued under the current administration to conduct business as usual with the libyan regime following the lifting of u.n. security sanctions sanctions that imposed that included lives -- which included taking the live of two people. madam secretary, i have a letter that they have written requesting yours and director miller's help requesting information on muammar gaddafi's attacks on targets in the 1980's and 19990's. many of us objected to their deplorable human rights
. unfortunately u.s. energy production has grown by only about 13% while energy consumption has grown by 30% since 1973. at a time when 9% of our citizens are unemployed in the district we had 17% unemployment. food prices are giving high with a still struggling economy we must do everything in our power to allow the responsible use of our known american supply of energy. now doctor, it's been proposed by the obama administration of tapping the possibility of tapping the strategic petroleum reserve. does this make sense at all or should we develop the known resources that we have here in the united states? >> i think the psychology of the marketplace would be much more significantly impacted by the decisions that affect us long term rather than now. i don't think -- this is my own opinion. i don't think that the release right now would matter much because i don't think we have an inventory problem, we have if your problem about the future. we have expectations about the future, uncertainty about how events will unfold in the critical producing region and uncertainty about policies here and investm
, they think we spend 25% of our u.s. budget on foreign aid when it is less than 1%. .8%, less than that. i wish it was .8%. >> how does it compare to other countries? >> the netherlands the u.k. -- a lot of the g-8 countries are moving towards .8% going to develop them. we are nothing close to that. how much should we spend it? about 10%. there is an education issue about understanding and really understanding these dollars make a huge difference, and they are not a line item budget. it is a life. a 13 cent measles vaccine will save all life. even though i have very sad moments, these miracle technologies are would give me optimism and the fact that prices are so low. bill and i spent a lot of time advocating and explaining why we consider it a great investment. >> the bottom line is that foundations, no matter how large, and you are the largest can only do a small amount. compared to government, it is a drop in the bucket. >> absolutely. even though our foundation looks large to people, it is tiny compared to these problems. all foundations can do is be a catalytic wedge. we can take on s
states. for a long time, many in the u.s. thought we were immune from this threat. that was false hope and false comfort. this threat is real and it is serious. he went on to say that al qaeda does this for the express purpose of trying to convince the muslim-americans to reject their country and attacked their fellow americans. i should also add my own personal conversations with mr. mcdonough, he told me to go forward with the hearing and the administration welcomes congressional involvement. in late december, attorney- general holder said a growing number of my young americans being radicalized and willing to take up arms against our country keeps him awake at night. two weeks before that, the attorney general defended the fbi's sting operation against a radical who attempted a terror attack during the christmas tree lighting ceremony in portland. the attorney-general said he made no apology for this operation. he said that those who characterize the fbi's activities as entrapments simply do not have their facts straight. one month ago, secretary napolitano testified before this com
our american muslim communities. so i want to ask this to dr. jasser. do you feel that u.s. government has done an adequate job learning about islam and how islamic doctrines affect the behavior and community norms of muslims residing in america and how does islamic doctrine and sharia law shape the responsiveness of local u.s. muslim communities to law enforcement efforts that target islamic jihad? >> thank you congressman duncan. it's a wonderful question and as we talked about there are various forms of islam. around the world. sharia means very different things to different muslims. in my home it is a private thing. do i want it in the government? absolutely not. that is the doctrine of the enemy. they want to create an islamic state. there is no concept that that could be a great alive the united states. there are two different lenses through which we see the world. we're allies with other democracies which are secular but one based in sharia would be impossible. this is why i provided a list of scholars in my testimony that are based for the assembly, these scholars are still bas
initiatives that in bigarade and protect the american economy and fundamental u.s. security. . to end this dangerous over reliance on oil imports and improve our efficiency and improve international cooperation, i believe the administration should reverse its prohibition on new offshore oil drilling, develop new forms of liquid fuels from domestic feed stocks and dramatically increase the fuel efficiency of our vehicles. as this occurs, the state department must boost our energy trade with reliable and transparent allies such as canada. although the situation in libya is extremely dangerous, we can be thankful that the of people is occurring without a nuclear weapons dimension. the bush administration was successful in coaxing libya to give up its nuclear weapons program eight years ago. the importance of that this that has been magnified by the current prices -- current crisis. there have been average, including the -- programs, the state department plays a key role to overcome the proliferation threat. as we discussed yesterday in the context of north korea, regime instability heigh
stopped buying our debt? what happens to interest rates? what happens to the u.s. economy? in the markets will absolutely devastate us if we do not step up to this problem. the problem is real, the solutions are painful, and we have to act. >> alan, do you want to add to that? >> i would just a -- i know it is repetitive, if you can understand hear what the people of america as we travel around and we do stuff. we go to the business council, we go to the conservative group in dallas, the economic club of new york, and wherever we go, people get it. then we tell them that if they just go to the internet and to go, it is 67 pages. if we leave that out they will never read it. it was not written for patents or politicians or panderers, it was written for the american people. it uses terms like "groing broke" and "shared sacrifice." there has never been any sacrifice required of the american people since world war ii except for our military, and god bless them, and they chose to do it. they are volunteers. so when somebody says, you cannot use that word. well, the amer
president obama to withdraw all u.s. armed forces from afghanistan by the end of the year. follow the house live as always here on c-span. the senate returns on monday at 2:00 p.m. eastern. at 4:30 p.m. eastern, they take up a judicial nomination for the district of columbia. at 5:30 p.m., members take their first votes of the week on that judicial nomination. also a vote to move forward with the reauthorization of the small business administration programs. live coverage of the u.s. senate on c-span2. >> an estimated 1.2 million homes will be foreclosed on this year according to realtytrac. at a hearing on the u.s. housing market earlier this week, economists and real tors agreed that high unemployment and general uncertainty about the market continues to slow recovery. the senate housing and banking committee held a hearing. this is one hour and 20 minutes. >> good morning. i call the meeting to order. families are reeling from the impact of the bubble that burst several years ago. many regions have yet to stabilize. regulators are struggling to find an appropriate balance between had goo
, a house oversight hearing on the u.s. postal service. then the president's 2012 budget request for nasa. it is followed by discussions with the crew of the space shuttle discovery. the u.s. postal service is on course to run a deficit of about $6.50 billion in the current fiscal year. this is after an $8.50 billion deficit last year. a subcommittee look at the financial state of the postal service with testimony by the postmaster general, the chair of the postal regulatory commission and the head of the national association of letter carriers. this is one hour, 55 minutes. this is one hour, 55 minutes. >> we will do opening statements from the ranking member and the whole committee. we may have to adjourn for votes in the metal. -- the middle. if we do, we will adjourn and continue. i will continue with my statements. the demand for first-class mail continues to decline. competition and benefit costs continue to account for approximately 80% of the postal service's operating expenses. they lack the necessary funds to fund its retiree health-care benefits due at the end of september. the
at columbia university and has written two books on the history of the u.s. constitution. she is passionate in her commitment to the constitution and its pro growth. ladies and gentlemen betsy mccoy. >> thank you. you know what this is. i am so glad to be with you today. we are in the fight of our lives. this obama health law shreds our constitutional rights. it forces you to enroll in and one size fits all government designed health plan with you what it or not whether you can afford it or not. it broadens the powers of the irs to track you down and penalize you if you fail to comply. there is nothing in the united states constitution that permits this. even worse for the first time in history, this law gives the federal government the power to dictate how doctors treat privately insured patients. even if you are in the big health-care plans the government is still in charge of your care. section 1311 right here says health insurance plans can only pay those doctors who obey whatever the secretary of health and human services dictates in the name of improving quality. that covers everythin
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. it is critical that u.s. foreign and national security is part of the debate. we have no one better to discuss these issues and our next speaker. a big welcome for john bolton. -- ambassador john bolton. [applause] >> thank you very much. they a of you for staying here all day. i want to thank steve king where the opportunity to join you today. this has been a fantastic events. you have heard from a lot of fascinating speakers. i would like to turn the discussion to national security. i want to assure you that i am acutely aware that me and thad are the only ones standing between you and well-deserved dinner. national security is absolutely critical as we look toward 2012. the political commentariat like to say it does not affect their lives. it has direct and tangible a facts on our independence, our freedom, on peace and security, the independence we need to preserve our constitution and our sovereignty freedom against foreign economic domination, and peace and security throu protecting ourselves from international terrorism the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other threats.
on the u.s. postal service. then, a discussion of the 2012 budget request for the space agency. >> on find more and more the behavior of professional sports owners to be unseemly in the sense that they want hundreds of millions of dollars from their community is yet they don't really participate in the problems of those communities. >> this sunday, sally jenkins on the intersection of sports and public policy. >> this morning, -- talks about the latest unemployment figures and his predictions on job growth this year. then, michael leroy
that the majority of the u.s. segment was brought up a piece by piece. it will be truly amazing. >> congratulations on a successful mission. the question will be for someone who wants to tackle it. i do not think people on the ground can appreciate what the living spaces are like in the space station. now that it is complete can you talk a little bit about how large it is and how much space you had to move around in? >> just to start off, this space station is the largest pressurized volume in place in history -- in space in the history. i use the word that my son uses, which isginormous -- is g inormous. it is equivalent to a seventh 47 or bigger. it is oppressive -- a 747 or better. we can use every single one of the walls or models in a way that we cannot do on the ground. it makes for a wonderful resource for science and living and being up here floating around. it is great. >> i have a question about garbage, literally. how much trash does the iss generate? where do you put it and do you recycle? >> we do recycle certain things. we recycle our water and -- our urine and turned it into water. t
the reports u.s. taxpays could lose as much as $53 billion as a result of this and it's already begun and fiscal year 2011 the buru the ocean energy management regulation and enforcement estimates we will lose $1.4 billion. in contrast, the oil industry is making stuttering profits. for example, the top five oil companies reported profits of $485 billion in 2005 to 2009. exxonmobil, the largest american oil company reported a 53% increase in its fourth quarter profits. chevron, the number to american oil company reported fourth quarter earnings 72% higher than the preceding years. the third largest, conocophillips, reported quarterly profit climbed 46%. now ms. alexander, is this an industry that needs billion dollar giveaways? >> tax payers for common sense has worked on this a long time and our position is perfectly clear we do not think the oil companies need the subsdies or any others so we think this is an issue that is right for the congress to address and in some ways it is so outrageous problems in the deep water royalty relief is that there should be bipartisan agreement on t
that these industries are newly emerging in many cases. but the u.s. department of labor women's bureau has done a great job of the putting information on its website. that is emerging industries, it presents us with a new opportunity to not to make the same mistakes all over again about leaving women out of high- paying, high-quality job opportunities. here is a very important issue that think we all need to pay attention to it. >> nicole mason, if she could stand up. her group produced a report that dealt with that issue is initially. p.m.,re coming up on 1:30 and we want to once again thank you for leading the charge on this. an amazing report. i open my remarks by failing to in knowledge the person who really was responsible for bringing us together. the president, i have to say, his vision and his commitment to women and children, and it is infused throughout the administration. that is how we got here today. i am so proud of him and i think all of our panelists and our host. the center for american progress for hosting this year, and for all the good work that you do every day in promoting a robus
confrontation with the u.s. on one side and the soviet union on the other side. when every issue we knew what the sides were. they never changed. it was the u.s. great britain, france and our allies over here, the soviet union and her allies over there, whether it was straight to my international conflict whatever it was. blinds were drawn. today on every issue they have to build a new coalition. you have to go out and beg your friends quite often to be part of it. it is not an easy world. it is much more complicated than it was then when the soviet union was the soviet union. and that is uncertainty. that turmoil that lack of stability seems to be part of the process not only internationally, but within our own country. it doesn't mean that we have not had economic turmoil before. we seem to be going through it now and with a lot of unrest. what i would like to do tonight is talk to you a little bit about the economy, a little bit about energy because it is a very important part of what we are seeing on television every
investigations, 14 companies received millions of dollars in set aside contracts for it the u.s. small businesses. the investigative services testified to that 13 of the firm's misrepresented their eligibility for the programs. and the staff allegedly allowed three firms to remain in the program and receive programs despite clear evidence provided by officials to show that they no longer qualified. here is the question. if that is the case, why would they allowed to remain in the program? >> i am glad that you brought up this issue. we have very terrific programs, probably the largest program for small businesses. our goal is to make over $100 billion into the hands of small businesses. in order to do this, the program must have integrity. we are going after fraud and abuse in these programs. these are issues that other courts have brought up along with judges. we have instituted -- we took the issue face on. we have a three-pronged strategy for getting a views in the programs. the first part is effective certification, making sure that the program benefits are getting to the intended recipients.
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